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Quantum Fuel Systems reveals clean energy F-150 pickup truck

The modified hybrid/electric truck has improved fuel economy and emissions ratings

by Mackenna WaterhousePublished: May 16, 2012 09:25 AM

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc., an Irvine-based natural gas and hybrid/electric vehicle technologies company, will present a modified Ford F-150 Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) pickup truck as part of its presentation at the Alternative Clean Transport Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center this week.

The company specializes in lightweight, natural gas storage systems as well as developing components for alternative fuel vehicles. It produces hybrid and electric parts for military and commercial vehicles and has manufactured more than 20,000 natural gas vehicles for General Motors, according to Quantum’s representatives.

“Quantum’s ultra-lightweight natural gas vehicle fuel storage systems and fuel saving plug-in hybrid vehicle technologies provide ideal solutions to fleet operators who are under increasing pressure to reduce costs, while meeting stringent emission criteria and performance requirements,” said Brian Olson, CEO of Quantum.

The hybrid F-150 pickup trucks, powered by Quantum Fuel Systems’ “F-Drive” hybrid electric drive system, will run the first 35 miles on zero emission electric drive before switching to a hybrid drive mode. According to its website, the electric/hybrid is the first of its kind and aims to improve overall fuel economy.

The truck has a 5,800 lbs towing capacity and maximum speed of 85 mph, according to the company’s statistics for the vehicle.

The Alternative Clean Transport Expo, produced by Gladstein, Neandross and Associates, is an opportunity for green energy firms to showcase the latest information in clean and alternative fuel transportation technologies. The event runs May 15 to 17 at the Long Beach Convention Center.


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